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The Brothers Grimm (2005)

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Will and Jake Grimm are traveling con-artists who encounter a genuine fairy-tale curse which requires true courage instead of their usual bogus exorcisms.

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Terry Gilliam

Writer:

Ehren Kruger
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Petr Ratimec Petr Ratimec ... Young Will
Barbora Lukesová ... Mother Grimm (as Barbara Lukesova)
Anna Rust ... Sister Grimm
Jeremy Robson Jeremy Robson ... Young Jacob
Matt Damon ... Wilhelm Grimm
Heath Ledger ... Jacob Grimm
Radim Kalvoda ... Gendarme
Martin Hofmann ... Gendarme
Josef Pepa Nos Josef Pepa Nos ... German War Veteran
Harry Gilliam Harry Gilliam ... Stable Boy
Miroslav Táborský ... Old Miller
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ... Mayor
Marika Sarah Procházková ... Miller's Daughter (as Marika Prochazkova)
Mackenzie Crook ... Hidlick
Richard Ridings ... Bunst
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Storyline

Folklore collectors and con artists, Jake and Will Grimm, travel from village to village pretending to protect townsfolk from enchanted creatures and performing exorcisms. They are put to the test, however, when they encounter a real magical curse in a haunted forest with real magical beings, requiring genuine courage. Written by Anonymous

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Rated PG-13 for violence, frightening sequences and brief suggestive material | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

26 August 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los hermanos Grimm See more »

Filming Locations:

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Box Office

Budget:

$88,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$15,092,079, 28 August 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$37,916,267, 20 October 2005

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$105,316,267
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Nicole Kidman and Anthony Hopkins were originally cast, but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts. See more »

Goofs

Gioachino Rossini's "La Gazza Ladra/The Thieving Magpie" and Johannes Brahms' Cradle Lullaby are heard in the film, set in 1811. "La Gazza Ladra" was composed in 1817, and Brahms wasn't born until 1833. The songs are for our benefit, and are not heard by the characters. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sister Grimm: Mama, it's so cold.
Mother Grimm: It's very, very cold. Will. Put another log on the fire, lad.
Young Will: There isn't any more firewood, Mama.
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Terry Gilliam and Tony Grisoni are credited as "Dress Pattern Makers", a reference to their uncredited rewrite of Ehren Kruger's script. See more »

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Spoofs The Birds (1963) See more »

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Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme - March Pour the Cérémonie des Turcs
(1670)
Composed by Jean-Baptiste Lully (as J.B. Lully)
Performed by Capriccio Stravagante
Orchestra conducted by Skip Sempé
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In a World of Magic and Fairytale, They Bring Happy End
19 August 2006 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In 1811, in a French occupied Germany, the crooks Brothers Grimm pretend to fight against evil witches and monsters to make money. However, they are arrested by Cavaldi (Peter Stormare) and General Delatombe (Jonathan Pryce), but they have a chance to redeem themselves in the village of Marbaden, where ten young girls have vanished. Will (Matt Damon) and Jacob (Heath Ledger) are guided by the local Angelika (Lena Headey) through an enchanted forest where they face the evil Mirror Queen (Monica Bellucci) that depends on the sacrifice of twelve girls in the eclipse to stay beautiful and young.

"The Brothers Grimm" is an underrated dark fable, homage to the authors of a great number of fairy tales, the Brothers Grimm. The first point that calls the attention of this make-believe story is the magnificent cinematography and special effects. The story is original, funny and full of action, but not recommended for children, since it is too dark and Gothic. The personalities of Will and Jacob are not well-defined, since they begin the story as despicable con-men and end like heroes. The screenplay could have developed them further. Lena Headey and Monica Bellucci are extremely beautiful, as usual, and they have good performances. I am a fan of Terry Gilliam and in my opinion the evaluation of his direction in this movie is unfair in many reviews. The high-quality and wonderful pack of the Brazilian DVD released by Europa Distributor deserves a note in my review, being one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Os Irmãos Grimm" ("The Grimm Brothers")


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